Election 2013 

Nominees for First Vice President


Elizabeth (Liz) Burd

Position statement.  Computing is exciting because it's constantly changing; it's also our greatest challenge. The power of computing is that it touches everything—our work, homes, education, leisure, and safety. Increasingly, researchers and software developers are challenged by interdisciplinary work that requires us to understand our discipline as well as many others. The need for clear and effective cross-disciplinary working and communication has never been so strong. Likewise, never have there been so many demands on our staff for their skills.

Through its conferences and publications, the Computer Society can support these needs and should investigate ways to increase collaboration between academia, industry, and other computing-related fields. Over the last years, I have supported the Society's educational outcomes (as VP of Educational Activities from 2010-12) by supporting the development of materials that take outcomes from our researchers and deliver, for example, courses in a form that can provide strategic advantage to our industrial colleagues. The strength of our Society is in the professional networks and communities of practice that it can create. I aim to support the formation and facilitation of such knowledge exchange opportunities.

Currently, as VP Member and Geographic Activities, I have examined the needs of communities worldwide. I was not surprised to find they are each different. We must do more to support regional variation. If elected, I will encourage the Society to better support professional development in computing, including promoting industry-focused publication of research outcomes and enabling networking opportunities to support industry, academic, interdisciplinary, and localized community building.

Biography.  Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Burd is a Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Previously, she was dean at Durham University in the UK. Burd teaches software engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to her new appointment, she led Durham's Technology Enhanced Learning research group, a group of 20 research staff and students, and was until recently director of the UK's Centre for Excellence: Active Learning in Computing. She has research collaborations with firms that include IBM, Microsoft, British Telecommunication, BAE, and Logica. In past years, she has garnered millions of dollars in research funds.  Burd is currently the CS Second Vice President and VP for Member and Geographic Activities and chair of IEEE's Pre-University Education Committee (2011-2013). Previously, she has been Computer Society VP Education Activities (2010-2012).  Burd has served on the program committees for more than 20 IEEE conferences. She has published over 60 articles on software engineering and 30 on computing education. Burd has received many awards, including the IEEE-CS Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2008, and a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2009.  A member of IEEE and the Computer Society for 20 years, Burd became a Senior Member in 2005.


Paul R. Croll

Position statement.  The long-term success of the Computer Society will depend upon how effectively we provide value to our members and to our profession. We must nurture and grow our chapters worldwide, providing a strong local presence and engaging students, researchers, and practitioners throughout the globe. We must also embrace new mechanisms for reaching and serving our communities of interest, while maintaining our core foundation as the world's most prestigious professional society in the field of computing. This means that while we establish and nurture new Web-based communities and new electronic products and services designed to reach and engage a broader constituency, we must also take care to sustain and grow our technical core of conferences and publications. I have been successful in streamlining the bureaucracy surrounding our technical activities while providing better service to our technical committees and conferences. This has resulted in improved processes for conference approval and management, more personalized staff support, and improved visibility into conference and TC performance; this includes a new policy for carryover of previous-year TC and conference surplus funds, which will provide our conferences and TCs additional funds to reinvest for their future. I will also push hard to better understand the real needs of our members, from students to seasoned professionals, so that our Computer Society resources both meet those needs and provide true value. We are the world's leading organization for computing professionals. I will work hard to ensure that we serve our community with offerings that are relevant, accessible, and affordable.

Biography.  Paul Croll has been an active Computer Society volunteer for more than 25 years. The 2012 winner of the Hans Karlsson Award, Croll chairs the Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee, maintaining the largest collection of software and systems engineering standards in the world. As Vice President for Technical and Conference Activities, Croll oversees the activities of more than 25 technical committees and 160 conferences. A Senior Member of the IEEE, he is the past Chair of the Technical Council on Software Engineering and the 2012 winner of the TCSE Distinguished Service Award, a Computer Society Golden Core member, and Distinguished Visitor. Croll has served as the General Chair for the IEEE Software Technology Conference, General Co-Chair for the Society's International Conference on Semantic Computing, and Program Chair for the Computing Professionals Conference and the IEEE International Systems Conference; he has also served on the Steering Committees for the International Conference on Software Engineering and the Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture. He is also an associate editor for the Journal of Semantic Computing. A retired Fellow at CSC, Croll has more than 35 years' experience in software and systems engineering, spanning industry, government, and academia as a practitioner, researcher, and university lecturer.